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Intel Set To Introduce Mobile Quad-core Processors

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 7 comments

NewsFlash: San Francisco (CA) - Lots of new processors will be announced next week at the Intel Developer Forum. Among them will be two special processors for enthusiast notebooks.

Intel’s first two quad-core processors for notebooks will be the Core 2 Quad Q9100 and Core 2 Extreme QX9300. The 9100’s four cores will run at 2.26 GHz, while the Extreme Edition will be clocked at 2.53 GHz. Both CPUs integrate FSB1066, but only the QX9300 has an unlocked multiplier.

In terms of price, don’t expect these new flagships to be cheap. Tray-pricing for the Q9100 will be $851; the Extreme QX9300 will go for $1036. Vendors are likely to charge even more for dual-core to quad-core upgrades. For example, Eurocom charges $1220 for an upgrade from a 2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo P8400 to a Core 2 Extreme QX9300.

Both quad-core CPUs are identical to their desktop counter-parts, albeit with a reduced FSB clock (266 MHz QDR instead of 333 MHz QDR or 400 MHz). The CPUs will also feature 12 MB of L2 cache.

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    jaragon13 , August 11, 2008 11:41 PM
    Have fun with battery life...
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    Anonymous , August 11, 2008 11:55 PM
    Another useless product from Intel... Instead of focusing on increasing Atom's performance and reduce cpu powerconsumption for notebooks....
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    terror112 , August 12, 2008 12:05 AM
    I think a mobile nehalem (Core i7) would be the better choice to introduce the Quad core CPU for laptops, maby even during the move to 32nm to keep power consumption low.
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    Pei-chen , August 12, 2008 1:53 AM
    Why use Quad for gaming notebook? It is mobile workstations that need the firepower.
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    DjEaZy , August 12, 2008 4:03 AM
    ... i think that's only useful [if/or ever] when used with SSD's... because the slowest part in tha laptop iz tha HDD... so it would be interesting to see, that some manufacturers makes a laptop with quad and 5400 RPM HDD... :D 
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    tekzor , August 12, 2008 5:32 AM
    ProDigit80Another useless product from Intel... Instead of focusing on increasing Atom's performance and reduce cpu powerconsumption for notebooks....


    Atom is not meant for what you just stated. UMPC and lower = Atom. This is clearly enthusiast market.
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    mdillenbeck , August 12, 2008 6:29 AM
    Not all laptop users care about battery life - some use them more as a portable desktop. Quad cores combined with virtualization makes for a great mobile development workstation (which has the added advantage of writing off the premium cost as a work expense).